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May 19, 2013 | By Richard Rosenblatt, Associated Press
BALTIMORE - Everything's a go for Orb. The Kentucky Derby winner was in a playful mood the day before the Preakness, making faces for photographers between nibbles of grass outside his stall at Pimlico Race Course. "He's really settled in well. He seems to be energetic about what he's doing so I couldn't be more pleased," trainer Shug McGaughey said on a warm and sunny Friday morning. "We're excited about giving it a whirl to see if we can get it done and go on to the next step.
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May 18, 2013 | Associated Press
BALTIMORE - Rosie Napravnik's motivation for winning the Preakness has little to do with making history. With a victory aboard Mylute on Saturday, Napravnik would become the first female jockey to capture the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. More important to her, though, it would serve as a triumphant return to Pimlico Race Course, where she launched her outstanding career. "You know what? It would be a great accomplishment, but that's not the reason I want to win it, because no other woman has won it before," she said.
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May 17, 2013 | By David Ginsburg, Associated Press
BALTIMORE - The Preakness draw was over, and trainer Shug McGaughey listed a variety of reasons he was OK with having Kentucky Derby winner Orb starting Saturday's race from the rail. Then someone asked him, "If you had your choice, where would you want to be?" Without hesitation, McGaughey responded, "The outside. " Despite getting the inside post in Wednesday's draw, Orb was made an even-money favorite to win the Preakness Stakes and keep alive his bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
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May 17, 2013 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
BALTIMORE - When you pick a speed horse in a long race, there is always potential for embarrassment. If, however, you are not right, it really does not matter how wrong. Races are like chess games. All the moves have been made. It is just a question of determining which move is going to be the winning one, which factor is going to matter most. I came to the conclusion that the lack of early speed in the Kentucky Derby was the critical factor. Thus, I liked Goldencents, the horse that had the best chance of controlling the pace.
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May 17, 2013 | By Richard Rosenblatt, Associated Press
BALTIMORE - Growing up, Kentucky Derby winner Orb was just another horse who fit in with the crowd. Never caused problems. Never raised a ruckus. Never got sick or hurt while frolicking in the fields of Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., with his pals, or when he was learning how to be a racehorse at Niall Brennan's farm in Ocala, Fla. Did everything asked of him. "A model citizen," said Claiborne Farm manager Bradley Purcell. Brennan remembers that the colt did everything right.
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May 14, 2013 | Associated Press
BALTIMORE - Orb has settled into the place reserved for royalty at Pimlico Race Course - Stall 40. The Triple Crown hopeful arrived at Pimlico on Monday afternoon, five days before the Preakness. He was immediately taken to Stall 40 at the Stakes Barn, which traditionally serves as home to the Kentucky Derby winner. Some of the greatest horses in history have been kept there, including the last three Triple Crown winners: Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), and Affirmed (1978)
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May 13, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE TRAINER of Normandy Invasion said his fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby will miss the Preakness and get ready for a summer campaign that includes the Travers Stakes in August. Trainer Chad Brown said yesterday that after a talk with owner Rick Porter the decision was made to rest the colt rather than bring him back on 2 weeks' rest. Normandy Invasion took the lead in the stretch of last weekend's Derby before finishing fourth, 3 1/2 lengths behind Orb. Orb went for a 1 1/2-mile gallop around Belmont Park yesterday, and is set for his final workout today before being vanned to Baltimore for the Saturday's Preakness.
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May 7, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Twenty-four years ago, it was brutally cold and incredibly wet on the first Saturday in May when a 38-year-old Shug McGaughey, just 10 years into a training career that would land him in the Hall of Fame, brought Easy Goer over from the barn to the paddock at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby. There was little doubt Easy Goer, a horse that also would wind up in the Hall of Fame, was going to win the Derby. Fast forward to Saturday, a day that dawned cool, but not that cool, with overcast skies that turned to a drizzle and eventual soaking rain, a track surface that went from fast to sloppy, a Derby where Shug once again had the favorite, but not a horse that had the résumé of Easy Goer.
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May 6, 2013 | By Beth Harris, Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Now that Claude R. "Shug" McGaughey III has won the Kentucky Derby, it's time for the 62-year-old trainer to go after another race missing from his Hall of Fame resumé. Orb will follow up his win at Churchill Downs by running in the Preakness on May 18, giving the colt a shot at the Triple Crown. Orb arrived back at his home base in New York on Sunday, as did McGaughey and jockey Joel Rosario. The trainer was still absorbing what had happened a day earlier. The colt extended his winning streak to five races, splashing through the slop to win the Derby by 21/4 lengths, giving McGaughey and Rosario their first Derby wins.
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